Understanding Colon and Rectal Conditions
Colon and rectal conditions are a variety of health issues affecting the large intestine (colon) and the rectum. Among these, colon and rectal cancer (collectively referred to as colorectal cancer) are of serious concern due to their high prevalence.
Identifying the Signs and Symptoms
The physicians of Premier Surgical want you to understand the common signs and symptoms of colon and rectal cancer since that is the first step toward early detection. Symptoms may include:
- Changes in bowel habits: This can mean diarrhea, constipation, or a change in the consistency of your stool, lasting more than a few days.
- Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool: Any instance of this should prompt a visit to your healthcare provider.
- Persistent abdominal discomfort or pain: Cramps, gas, or pain can be symptoms.
- Weakness or fatigue: Unexplained tiredness or sudden weight loss could be a sign.
Keep in mind that these symptoms can occur with many conditions that aren’t cancer. However, if you experience any of these symptoms for an extended period, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional.
The Importance of Early Detection and Screening
Colon and rectal cancers are highly treatable if detected early. Regular screening is one of the most powerful weapons in preventing colorectal cancer. Screenings, such as colonoscopies and sigmoidoscopies, can detect precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon and rectum, which can be removed before they turn into cancer.
Current guidelines recommend that people at average risk should start screening at age 45, but those with a family history or other risk factors may need to start sooner. Your doctor can guide you on when to begin screening based on your risk factors.
At Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, Cleveland, and Johnson City, TN,, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive range of treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs. Treatment for colon and rectal cancer may involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, or a combination of these.
For early-stage cancer, surgery alone may be sufficient, often performed laparoscopically or robotically. For advanced stages, a combination of treatments might be necessary. Our dedicated team at Premier Surgical collaborates closely with each patient to design the best treatment plan for them.
Understanding colon and rectal conditions, notably colon and rectal cancer, is crucial for early detection and treatment. At Premier Surgical, we are committed to providing high-quality, personalized care for our patients.
If you have concerns about these conditions or would like more information, please visit our Colon and Rectal Surgery webpage.